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Girls at an American High School

If you want an inside look at an American high school, with special emphasis on how girls are doing, then have a look at this article in today’s New York Times
Here’s how it begins:

NEWTON, Mass., March 31 — To anyone who knows 17-year-old Esther Mobley, one of the best students at one of the best public high schools in the country, it is absurd to think she doesn’t measure up. But Esther herself is quick to set the record straight.
“First of all, I’m a terrible athlete,” she said over lunch one day.
“I run, I do, but not very quickly, and always exhaustedly,” she continued. “This is one of the things I’m most insecure about. You meet someone, especially on a college tour, adults ask you what you do. They say, ‘What sports do you play?’ I don’t play any sports. It’s awkward.”

Added bonus: there is a sidebar at the left (scroll down a little) where the topmost item reads “Multimedia: “Amazing Girls”. If you go there, you’re treated to a slideshow with more than ten minutes of spoken commentary – the girls mentioned in the article comment on their school life (and their life goals in general). After listening to the introduction, click on “Begin”, and then you’ll hear what five girls are saying about their experience.

The school where these interviews were made is Newton North High School. There is a Wikipedia entry on it, too.

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